Nokia E65 Review
For a phone to function as a mobile office, it must be able to handle messages very well. Like the other Symbian phones, in the Messaging menu you will find everything arranged. By the New Message button you can start writing a text/multimedia or e-mail message. The T9 system can help you input text faster. It works very easy which is typical of Nokia phones.
Inbox is a shared box for the received text and multimedia messages as well as for messages received via Bluetooth. Unlike the N-series, here the headings of the individual letters are visualized by smaller font so that more can be fitted on a single screen. This is so because it is assumed that the business users use/receive lots of messages and should be able to view them faster.
The email is set by means of a Wizard which saves you a lot of writing by automatically ‘completing’ part of the settings. If you know how to configure your e-mail, this will take one to two minutes and then you will be able to use it in your phone. You can preset your phone to download headers only and then a whole message when you want to view it, or download up to a fixed limit (a limit in KB set by you) or directly download the whole letters together with the attached files. We made the settings using the first possibility and downloaded separate messages via WiFi or using the UMTS operator’s net.
To save your time, the phone can read your messages aloud. The Меssage reader is in the Office folder and when you start it, it will show the messages in the Inbox so that you can select the one you want it to start reading from. It reads them a little fast, but clearly enough for you to understand. A great inconvenience is that each time the sound volume is at the average level and you have to increase it manually which is not then saved as a setting. Even the highest volume level of the speakerphone will not be enough if you are in a noisy environment.
Nokia E65 is a four-band GSM phone which can operate in the GSM networks on every continent and use EDGE for Internet connection. But since EDGE is comparatively slow connection, a third generation of UMTS is supported allowing for much higher speeds of data transfer via the network. Unfortunately, only the 2100MHz is supported which makes the use of 3G in America impossible.
Bluetooth is used for local connection which surprisingly is not the last version 2, but 1.2. It does not support multimedia profiles which according to Nokia are not necessary for a business phone. The connection to a computer is by the cable of the set to a USB port and by selecting one of two regimes: PC Suite, in which you synchronize with the software of Nokia or Data Transfer, where the memory card is recognized as a mass storage device, to/from which you can copy files from/to your computer. The connection speed in this regime is about 770KBps, which means that 5MB (a MP3 song on the average) will be transferred in 7 seconds.
With synchronization, you can use the PC Suite of the set or download a newer version from the Internet site of Nokia. We used the same version we had used with Nokia N76 without any problems. The synchronization of 140 entries (contacts & calendar entries) took us 18 seconds, which is a good speed.
E65 supports WiFI 802.11b/g which is standard for a wireless LAN network. By the link in the active standby screen you can find and connect to networks whose range covers you and use Internet connection via them. This is very convenient because you don’t depend on the operator’s coverage.
Thanks to the UMTS data and the QVGA resolution of the display, loading and viewing a standard HTML web pages is easy job. The phone has no problem rendering all pages and reading phoneArena's news was a pleasure. Scrolling left-to-right and top-to-bottom is done with the phone's d-pad, and a mini-map shows you, which part of the page you are looking at. The pages loaded pretty fast and as a whole, we had a great experience with the browser, so we definitely like it more than the Internet Explorer, built in Pocket PC phones based on Windows Mobile. The browser can load RSS feeds for even faster access to information.
What we also loved about it is the history: when you use 'back' to see pages you've seen earlier, you see the pages as thumbnails, you can open from the phone's cache.
1. sandeep (unregistered)
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